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Childhood Obesity PreventionInternational Research, Controversies and Interventions$
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Jennifer A. O'Dea and Michael Eriksen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.001.0001

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Problems and possible solutions for interventions among children and adolescents

Problems and possible solutions for interventions among children and adolescents

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(p.408) Chapter 35 Problems and possible solutions for interventions among children and adolescents
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Childhood Obesity Prevention
Author(s):

Tom Baranowski

Janice Baranowski

Karen Cullen

Melanie Hingle

Sheryl Hughes

Russell Jago

Tracey Ledoux

Jason Mendoza

Tuan T. Nguyen

Teresia O’Connor

Deborah Thompson

Kathleen Watson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572915.003.0035

This chapter provides an overview of childhood obesity causes and discusses the efficacy of potential preventive interventions. Interventions for obesity prevention generally have had no or limited effects with no obvious patterns in findings to guide program development. The chapter assumes imbalances in dietary intake and physical activity account for most of the problem. To elucidate the problems in obesity prevention research, the Mediating Moderating Variable Model (MMVM) is used to deconstruct the variables and pathways from intervention design to change in adiposity, and thereby elucidate problems at each step in intervention design, implementation, and evaluation. As more is learned about these causal pathways, intervention protocols may be developed that offer different or different intensity interventions to subgroups that may need different procedures.

Keywords:   Mediating Moderating Variable Model, MMVM, overweight, obesity, children, intervention, health promotion, physical activity, USA, model

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